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Superstar Performers Revealed for 2016 CMT Music Awards

Initial List Includes Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett

Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett are on the first list of performers at the 2016 CMT Music Awards, it was announced Thursday (May 19).

The never-before-seen performances will take place during the fan-voted awards show premiering live from Nashville on June 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.


The night will be filled with musical and television firsts.

Shelton will be joined by Country Music Hall of Fame members the Oak Ridge Boys for a loud performance of “Doin’ It to a Country Song,” a track from his new album, If I’m Honest.

Playing his current hit, “Wasted Time,” Urban will be joined by Brett Eldredge and Maren Morris, tourmates on his Ripcord World Tour 2016.

Additional performers will be announced at a later date.

On the heels of her historic and record-setting sixth video of the year win last year (her fourth consecutive win), reigning champ Carrie Underwood is set to protect her crown against powerhouse first-time nominees Chris Stapleton and Cam. With three nominations each, including video of the year, they will face off in top categories against Blake Shelton, Brothers Osborne, Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, Sam Hunt and Thomas Rhett, who each garnered two nominations.

Fans can vote now via CMT.com determine the winners for video of the year. Voting will continue until June 6 at 12:01 a.m. On June 1, CMT will announce a brand new surprise awards category.

Tickets to the 2016 CMT Music Awards are currently on sale via Ticketmaster.

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